Fire Policy

The National Park Service (NPS) mission is to protect and preserve the lands it manages for the enjoyment of future generations. Guided by this mandate, the fire management program focuses on restoring and maintaining natural processes associated with fire, while protecting human life and property. To help in achieving these long-term goals, the NPS has a comprehensive fire management program including hazardous fuels reduction, prescribed fire, wildland fire for resource benefit, and wildland fire suppression. The following policies guide the NPS in their fire management activities.

Zion Fire Management Plan 2004|
This plan is intended to provide strategies for management of wildland fires, prescribed fires and hazardous fuel reduction in Zion National Park while protecting life and property, both private and public. It incorporates all relevant decisions from the Zion General Management Plan (2001) and the federal wildland fire policy documents listed below.

NPS Reference Manual 18 - Wildland Fire Management 2014
The major guiding document for fire management in the NPS, RM-18 is a technical discussion of wildland fire management requirements and procedures that provides detailed definitions and expanded guidance of all information presented in DO-18. Among other subjects, contents of RM-18 include guidance for safety, planning, qualifications, wildland fire and prescribed fire management, monitoring, and incident evaluation and review.

Last updated: September 13, 2016

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